At the time, Rizzo was widely regarded as the best first base prospect in all of baseball, while Cashner was coming off his first year in the Chicago rotation.
At age 24, Rizzo is quickly becoming an impact bat in the middle of the Cubs order. Thus far in 2014, Rizzo has hit .285/.389/.539 while driving in 55 runs and slugging 25 home runs — the most in the National League. These eye-popping numbers earned Rizzo a spot at the 2014 mid-summer classic.
Cashner has enjoyed some success of his own, and has become a fan favorite in San Diego. The 27-year-old really shined in 2013, posting a 3.09 ERA and 1.131 WHIP over the course of 175 innings pitched. Cashner has spent a lot of 2014 on the mend, but in his 12 starts “Cash” has posted a 2.36 ERA and a 1.192 WHIP while recording 59 strikeouts.
By no means did Chicago rip off San Diego in this deal, but at this juncture, the north-siders have come out on top.
The Cubs now have a legitimate run producer and likely perennial all-star in the middle of their order for the next 10-12 years — something the Padres have craved since Adrian Gonzalez was traded in 2011. When the Padres made this deal, they thought 1B Yonder Alonso, acquired in the Mat Latos deal, could be that middle-of-the-order presence they desperately needed. But the San Diego “slugger” has hit 20 fewer home runs and driven in 33 fewer runs than Rizzo this year. Besides, at age 24, Rizzo will only get better.
If Cashner can stay healthy, he could become a perennial All-Star himself — only time will tell — but for now, its safe to say the loveable losers have at least won this deal.